Cabinet directed the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment to lead a programme of work to begin transitioning public service departments (and the wider state service agencies) that contract with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) into a new outcome-focused contracting framework. The streamlined contracting framework was developed during a pilot programme in late 2012.
The framework encourages greater consistency, coordination, collaboration and information sharing by government agencies and Crown entities. It also aims to reduce the duplication of contract management activity, especially audit and compliance, on NGO providers. This should enable NGOs to focus on service delivery.
The Ministries of Social Development, Education, Justice, Te Puni Kōkiri, the Department of Corrections and the Ministry of Health are now implementing the framework.